Under Appreciated


On the next single by the Rip Chords, “Gone”, Bruce Johnston (who later became a member of the Beach Boys) was brought in as a secondary vocalist, though Ernie Bringas still sang lead.  Terry Melcher’s role was strictly as producer on both of these records.  This single was not widely promoted but performed well where they received airplay; for instance, in the week of August 1, 1963, “Gone” made it to #2 in San Antonio, TX
The Rip Chords released their first album in the same time period, Hey Little Cobra and Other Hot Rod Hits.  As suggested by the title, and like other albums of that period, the album included their hit song “Hey Little Cobra” as well as several songs that had already been hits for other artists:  “409”, “Little Deuce Coupe”, and “Drag City”.  However, several of the band’s earlier songs are also there, including “Here I Stand” and “Gone”.
(July 2011)
Last edited: March 22, 2021